A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Learning abroad: Beechwood High School students, alumni visit historic sites in Greece, Italy

By David Kubota NKyTribune reporter Matthew Behrensmeyer, a Latin teacher at Beechwood High School, recently took a small group of students and alumni to Greece and Italy for a two-week trip. The group consisted of Beechwood students and alumni, all whom had taken several of Behrensmeyer’s Latin courses. The trip lasted from May 30 to June 13. Starting at the Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International...

Campbell County Public Library offers events and activities for adults, children at all branches in July

The Campbell County Public Library operates four branches. The Cold Spring Branch is located at 3920 Alexandria Pike in Cold Spring, phone 859-781-6166. The Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch is located at 1000 Highland Ave. in Fort Thomas, phone 859-572-5033. The Newport Branch is located at 901 E. Sixth St. in Newport, phone 859-572-5035. The Alexandria Branch is located at 8830 Alexandria Pike in Alexandria,...

Grant County educator one of two Kentuckians to win Presidential Award for math, science teaching

Kentucky Teacher Two Kentucky elementary school educators have won the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Shannon Brickler, who works at Sherman Elementary School in Grant County, and Natasha Craft, a teacher at Pulaski Elementary School in Pulaski County, are among 104 educators nationwide to be recognized. The Presidential Award for Excellence...

STEM Day Out for 6th-8th grade students is July 18 — it’s free; sign your student up here

On Wednesday, July 18 the Northern Kentucky Chamber (NKY Chamber), in partnership with NKY Education Council and Greater Cincinnati Stem Collaborative, will host STEM Day Out, a free experiential learning opportunity for students in grades six through eight from across the region.   During STEM Day Out, students will learn about potential career paths in science, technology, engineering, and math...

Kentucky Teacher: Interim commissioner cites need for more school resource officers at roundtable

The Federal Commission on School Safety visited Lexington last week as part of a national listening tour on safety issues. Kentucky Department of Education Interim Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis and Kentucky Board of Education Chairman Milton Seymore participated in roundtable discussions led by U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary Mick Zais. The January school shooting at Marshall County High...

Dr. Ashish Vaidya starts his first day on the job — as new president of Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University’s sixth president, Dr. Ashish Vaidya (ah-SHEESH vie-DEE-yuh), kicked off his presidency today surrounded by the campus community. Nearly 100 faculty and staff gathered at a welcome breakfast to mark President Vaidya’s first day on the job.   NKU announced President Vaidya as the next leader of the university in November 2017. He completed his term as interim president...

Anderson High School string quartet to join production of ‘Beatles vs. Stones’ at Madison Theater

When the touring show Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown comes to the Madison Theater on July 19, the Cincinnati Anderson High School String Quartet will join the professional musicians on stage to lend some local talent to this homage to the British Invasion.   The show pits Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction against rival Brit boys Abbey Road in an all-out musical showdown for rock...

NKU alum Cathleen Mathinga unexpectedly becomes president of ValAir, grows and expands it

When Cathleen Matchinga graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 1985 with an accounting degree, she expected to become a CPA — Certified Public Accountant, that is, not Car Parking Attendant. But following the death of her first husband in 1990, she found herself with the latter title as the president of ValAir Valet Parking, a Cincinnati Airport parking business she’s grown and expanded...

Commonwealth Theatre Company at NKU presents Neil Simon’s ‘The Odd Couple’ July 6-22

Back by popular demand, Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” returns to Commonwealth Theatre Company at Northern Kentucky University’s own professional theatre, running July 6–22 at NKU’s Stauss Theatre. This timeless comedy classic features Ken Jones as Felix Unger and George Alexander as Oscar Madison. When Felix moves in with recently divorced Oscar after his own marriage ends, it quickly...

NKU reaches agreement with non-profit to operate its early childhood learning center, sustain services

Northern Kentucky University has reached an agreement with a local non-profit to continue operating the early childhood learning center on NKU’s campus. The local non-profit has operated an early childhood learning center on the University of Cincinnati campus for more than 25 years as the UC Early Learning Center (UCELC).   UCELC has applied to the Kentucky Division of Regulated Childcare...

Covington schools recognized for its ‘Alternative Program of Distinction’ at CHNK’s main campus

For the fourth consecutive year, Covington Independent Public Schools (CIPS) has been recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education as operating an “Alternative Program of Distinction.” The alternative programs include CIPS’ Transformational Learning Center, Covington Alternative to Suspension, Alternative to Expulsion, and the Covington Adult High School. Three of the alternative programs...

Ignite Institute creates new designated fund with the Horizon Community Funds to grow funding pipeline

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky is now home to a new designated fund, in partnership with the Ignite Institute at Roebling Innovation Center. The partnership allows donors to connect directly with the Ignite Institute, using Horizon Community Funds to manage the distribution of funds for a greater tax advantage. Dave Fleischer The vision of the Ignite Institute is to provide both a full-time,...

Erlanger-Elsmere Schools to host hands-on culinary training for food workers, aim is healthier lunches

Erlanger-Elsmere Schools is hosting hands-on culinary training to inspire healthy, nutrient-rich school meals. Healthy Cuisine for Kids 2018
 is a two-day, hands-on culinary training that aims to equip school food service workers with tips, techniques, and tried-and-true recipes that promote scratch-made, nutrient-rich foods that are flavorful – and fun.   It will be held at Lloyd Memorial High...

BCPL July calendar of events for teens and kids features Storytime in the Park, Madcap Puppets

The Boone County Public Library offers events at its branches and throughout the county during the month of July. A list of scheduled events for teens and children is included here. A separate list of events for adults is published separately. Storytime: Tiny Tots (18 months to 2-1/2 years) Mondays, 10 a.m. Scheben Branch, 8899 US 42, Union, 859-342-BOOK (2665) Stimulate your baby’s development and...

Boone County High grad achieved in academics, athletics, community involvement, headed to UofL

By Benjamin Shipp NKyTribune intern We have all heard the cliché that leaders are made, not born, but it is sometimes hard to truly understand the meaning behind this timeless phrase. Huddleston and friends at graduation (provided photos). Every once in a while, however, a person can rise to the times and set himself apart from the rest, bringing clarity to that adage. Sam Huddleston, a recent graduate...